Updated: 01/10/2014 00:07

Nursing homes will have to abide by higher standards from next year



Nursing homes will have to abide by higher standards from next year

Nursing homes will have to abide by higher standards from next year. 

This follows the Health Ministry, MOH, finalising a set of Enhanced Standards which cover three broad areas including clinical care as well as governance and organisational excellence. 

A one-year grace period will be given to the homes before enforcement of the standards kicks in in 2016. 

MOH is working closely with the Agency for Integrated Care, AIC, to support nursing homes in achieving the enhanced standards. 

In the lead-up to 2015, AIC will introduce a suite of programmes to prepare nursing homes for the introduction of the enhanced standards. 

These include voluntary baseline assessments and training and development. 

AIC will also launch a guide in the second quarter of this year to help nursing home providers better understand how the enhanced standards can be implemented. 

Making the announcement, Senior Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor, said,

"This set of enhanced nursing home standards represents the common aspiration of caregivers, nursing home providers and the government, to provide our seniors with high quality and dignified nursing home care which they deserve. This is the beginning of a quality journey and MOH is committed to walk this journey with nursing home providers, by providing a suite of initiatives and resources to help providers attain these standards."

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